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Jane Edwards (Bilkey) Wright (1841 - 1927)

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Jane Edwards Wright formerly Bilkey
Born in Cornwall, Englandmap
Sister of and
Wife of — married 27 Nov 1861 in Ludgvan, Cornwall, Englandmap
Died in Pukekohe, New Zealandmap
Profile last modified 28 Dec 2018 | Created 2 May 2015
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Jacob was 22 years old, and Jane was 21 when they were married in Ludgvan, near Penzance in Cornwall on the 27th November 1861.

Jane emigrated to New Zealand with her husband, as did her parents and siblings. They all sailed out on the ship "Bombay" leaving London in November 1864.
New Zealand
Jane (Bilkey) Wright lived in Pukekohe, Auckland, New Zealand.

Once in New Zealand they remained in Onehunga for a time before taking up land in Pukekohe.

Jane died in 1927.

New Zealand Herald 3rd October 1927 page :10 [1] OBITUARY.

MRS. JANE WRIGHT - Sunday. The death occurred yesterday of Mrs. Jane Edwards Wright, widow of the late Mr. Jacob Henry Wright, a well-known pioneer of the Pukekohe district. Mrs. Wright, who was in her 87th year, came to New Zealand with her husband from Cornwall in the ship Bombay, 62 years ago. They settled for some years at Mount Albert, and later acquired a farm of 100 acres at the top of Pukekohe Hill On the death of Mr. Wright's father they returned to England, but later returned to New Zealand. They acquired the Boscarne farm of over 300 acres on the Buckland side of the Pukekohe Hill. Mr. Wright died there about 25 years ago, and Mrs. Wright had lived there since. Mrs. Wright is survived by four sons and three daughters There are 33 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren. The death of Mrs. Wright at the age of 86 years, recalls that she comes of a long-lived family. Her parents, the late Mr. and Mrs. R. Bilkey, of Buckland, lived to celebrate the 70th anniversary of their wedding and, it is stated, there has been only one other instance of such an anniversary in New Zealand. Mr. and Mrs. Bilkey lived for two years after this anniversary, Mr. Bilkey being 91 years of age at his death and Mrs. Bilkey 93 years when she died.

Jane Edwards Wright was buried in Pukekohe Cemetery plot - PKANG-C-047


  • England & Wales Civil Birth Registration - FreeBMD. England & Wales, Civil Registration Birth Index, 1837-1915 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 2006. Name: Jane Edwards Bilkey; Registration Year: 1841; Registration Quarter: Jul-Aug-Sep; Registration district: Penzance; Inferred County: Cornwall; Volume: 9; Page: 212
  • England Select Births & Baptisms - England, Select Births and Christenings, 1538-1975 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2014. Name: Jane Edwards Bilkey; Gender: Female; Birth Date: 19 Jun 1841; Baptism Date: 23 Jan 1842; Baptism Place: Ludgvan, Cornwall, England; Father: Robert Bilkey; Mother: Jennifer; FHL Film Number: 226163
  • Marriage - "England Marriages, 1538–1973 ," Database, FamilySearch ( : accessed 18 June 2015), Jacob Wright and Jane Edwards Bilkey, 27 Nov 1861; citing Ludgvan, Cornwall, England, reference 42; FHL microfilm 1,595,869
  • Find-a-Grave Index - Name: Jane Edwards Wright; Maiden Name: Bilkey; Birth Date: 19 Jun 1841; Birth Place: Paul, Cornwall Unitary Authority, Cornwall, England; Death Date: 1 Oct 1927; Death Place: Auckland, New Zealand; Cemetery: Pukekohe Public Cemetery; Burial or Cremation Place: Pukekohe, Auckland Council, Auckland, New Zealand

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